Competition Rules

Projects which do not comply with these rules may be disqualified.

  1. Competitors are limited to students from schools within the Wellington/Hutt Valley area currently registered on the school roll studying at Years 7 to 13.
  2. Construction must be durable with movable parts firmly attached and safe.
  3. Any exhibitor requiring mains electricity must be provide a suitable cord 5 metres long and a 3-pin plug, which must be constructed to comply with standard electrical safety laws.
  4. Exhibitors using mains electricity are recommended to use a suitable isolating transformer, or a current limiting device, to supply power to their exhibit. These devices give an extra margin of safety.
  5. Where 100 volts or more are used, all wiring, switches, metal parts etc., must be completely enclosed by barriers to prevent any possibility of an observer being able to receive an electric shock.
  6. Projects using voltages above 100 volts must be plainly labelled with a conspicuous sign stating the highest voltage being used. Such projects must be safe at all times and, if necessary, locked when unattended.
  7. Any radio transmitter in working order must comply with Radio Regulations and be licensed by the Radio Frequency Service (Write to Ministry of Commerce, PO Box 31433, L. Hutt Phone 566-5537).
  8. Nails, tacks etc. must not be used for securing wires, but proper insulators must be used.
  9. Explosives must not be used, and dangerous chemicals (including strong acids) are not to be used in the exhibit without the consent of the Fair Committee. This must be obtained in writing, at least one month before the Fair.
  10. Heating elements must be mounted on suitable non-combustible supports so that there is no possibility of a fire starting in the exhibit.
  11. No direct water supply is available. All exhibits using liquids of any kinds must be leak proof or stand in a leak proof tray
  12. No direct gas supply is available. An exhibitor desiring to use gas should seek permission from the Fair Committee to use any arrangement for supply of gas (eg, cylinders). Gas is to be supplied by the exhibitor.
  13. Biological experiments should conform with health and safety guidelines. (refer to Ministry of Education Safety and Science)
  14. It is the responsibility of exhibitors to see that the areas immedi­ately surrounding their exhibit, and where the exhibit stands, are kept clean and dry at all times.
  15. Any project involving animals (other than invertebrates) that affects or changes their normal routine, requires approval from the ethics committee of the New Zealand Association of Science Educators. The committee will meet to consider applications on 25 May and 29 June 2015. Applications should be submitted two weeks before these dates. For more information refer to the New Zealand Association of Science Educators website.
  16. Projects with experiments using people need signed permission from those involved and, for children under 16 years old, permission from parents or guardians as well. For more details follow the requirements for the Royal Society's Crest Awards.
  17. The Committee reserves the right (a) not to display any exhibit, and (b) to with hold any prizes for which the judges consider an adequate standard has not been reached. The Committee's decision in all matters is final.